Social media: vulgarity and obscenity

Kabir Vega Castellanos

You don’t need a visa anymore and the plane fares are in regular pesos.

HAVANA TIMES — I have already written quite a bit about this subject, and I make up a part of those who have tried to deal with it.

However, today I want to tell you about the impressions I have had during my time using the SNET network (an independent network which was spontaneously created and is trying to replace the Internet, it connects hundreds of homes and you can play, chat and share all kinds of information online). This article will also include my impressions of what people download from the Internet, be it by friends or youtube videos.

On these international social media sites, like Facebook, or Cuban forums which exist on the network, where people of all ages can register, there is something very clear about the terms of use and that is the outright ban on uploading pornographic or perverted images but that doesn’t mean that decency is kept on these sites. The line which defines what we consider to be “proper, ethical or moral” is becoming more and more faint.

Sexy and bold.

Countless posts and memes (pictures of anything with a comment on any subject which adds a touch of humor) are constantly being published, free for any user to see. Some of these are OK, they are well-made and quite funny because they joke about a political or social situation or even just a simple everyday situation.

However, there are others which scratch the limits of the obscene. These include photos of a taunting nature which ridicule poorly-dressed people, in an embarassing situation, with unattractive physiques or even ordinary photos which are made into a derogatory montage. There are also posts and surveys with photos, of actors or anonymous citizens in grotesque sexual poses.

Lastly, I want to mention the nonsense of “getting more likes” which aren’t unpleasant to the eye, although they are quite childish. Posts like:

“Click like if you’re a Messi fan”

“Click like if you hate Justin Bieber”

“Click like if you’re single”

Click like because I’m ugly.

Sadly, these kinds of things are the most popular and which catch fire and become viral on the network. Therefore, when something about a serious issue is posted, it’s ignored, especially if this encourages a debate or people to think a bit about what they will put in their comment.

Vulgarity is being promoted without signs of stopping; we could even almost say that it is replacing creative or intelligent ideas. Everything is gaining a malicious, cruel tone, not only in depth but in decency too. Although these are just social exchanges on a screen, there’s no need to prove the social influence all of this triviality has had.

I frequently remember an old phrase which people say here from time to time if the situation calls for it: “Today’s youth are lost”. My grandparents said it about my parents’ generation, and they say it about mine.

How far will things stoop for my generation to say it to the next?


Kabir Vega

I am a young man whose development in life has not been what many might consider normal or appropriate, but I don’t regret it. Although I am very reserved, I dissent strongly from many things. I believe that society, and not only of Cuba, is wrong and needs to change. I love animals sometimes even more than myself since they lack evil. I am also a fan of the world of Otaku. I started in Havana Times because it allowed me to tell some experiences and perhaps encourage some change in my country. I may be naive in my arguments, but I am true to my principles.

3 thoughts on “Social media: vulgarity and obscenity

  • You want freedom? This is ‘freedom’. Cuba ain’t seen nothing yet. The upheaval from social media is going to be exponential for the island that has had so many barriers it has not benefited from the slow-drip of technological advance in the wider world. It is, sadly, going to be socially and culturally a rocky ride…

  • Kabir, it’s even worse than you know. In any case I’m amazed you have access to youtube etc but in the meantime, you might want to stick with the Disney Channel vs. the vulgarity.

  • Welcome to the modern world, Kabir.

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